Brandworkers is Hiring an Organizer

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:27pm

The Organization

Brandworkers is the first worker center led by the factory workers behind the soaring local food industry. Brandworkers members, mostly immigrant workers of color, are developing a new and innovative form of workplace association to achieve dignified jobs and a just local food system.

Through Brandworkers' unique leadership development path and member-led campaigns, workers are transforming the local food sector industry-wide and validating the power of organizing from below. Now with a nine-year track record of learning and award-winning victories, our unchanging belief is that workers themselves have a unique ability and a unique right to lead dramatic change in the economy and in society.

The Role

The Organizer will help food workers build solidarity with their co-workers and workers across the local food industry. This position centers on connecting workers with intensive leadership development opportunities and providing them with comprehensive trainings. The key is to help workers lead together to a better job and a better food system. Organizers may be assigned to work on short- or long-term projects and be given areas of responsibility that include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging mostly immigrant food-making workers in dialogue around problems they face and aspirations for the future.

  • Sharing Brandworkers' track record for helping members achieve dramatic job improvements and life-enhancing leadership development experiences.

  • Visiting with workers at their homes, on the job, and on the street to build relationships and unpack obstacles to collective action.

  • Developing and delivering high-quality trainings to members with an emphasis on “train the trainer” opportunities for members.

  • Identifying workers with high-leadership capacity and helping workers create organizing committees.

  • Tracking work using Brandworkers' digital tools.

  • Partnering with members as they iterate toward a new and scalable model of worker organizing.

Qualifications

  • You have 3+ years of experience in workplace organizing. A specific, proven alignment with working class people, people of color, indigenous people, women, LGBT people, and immigrants is a must.

  • You are fluent in Spanish and in English.

  • You are fearless, persistent, and relentless in pursuit of truth and justice.

  • You're comfortable and relish initiating conversations with total strangers.

  • You understand that workers lead at Brandworkers and that the organizer's role is to facilitate and be accountable to that leadership.

  • You have an essential commitment to anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-hetero sexism, among other commitments to justice and equality. You are committed to doing what it takes to achieve justice.

  • You are comfortable setting goals, making plans, and reporting on results vs. goals. You are comfortable using data and metrics to measure results and learn.

  • You actively seek out candid feedback and actively give candid feedback to achieve excellence.

  • You think big, you take risks, and are not afraid to fail. You actively identify problems and generate ideas especially around the disruptive force of technology.

  • You are committed to experimentation and diligent about documenting lessons learned.

Compensation Package

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Fully-paid health and dental benefits. Participation in Brandworkers' retirement program. Generous vacation and professional development policies. Platform to fully lead, to create, and to express your movement contribution.

Brandworkers strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, immigrants, indigenous people, LGBT people, and other traditionally oppressed communities.

To apply:

Send a meaningful cover letter, resume and references to: jobs[at]brandworkers.org.

Applications accepted on rolling basis. Anticipated start date is March 1, 2017.

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Brandworkers
4502 23rd St. 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101-4735
(646) 568-5870